Franklin County girls advance in tennis tournament by forfeit

Bethany Graham, Franklin County’s No. 1 singles and doubles player, returns a shot during a regular-season match contested at the Franklin County Recreation Park. The Eagles play Bassett in the semifinals of the Piedmont District girls tennis tournament today at the Sontag facility. Match time is 4:30 p.m.

SONTAG – No. 2 seed Franklin County advanced to the semifinals of the Piedmont District girls tennis tournament Wednesday with a quarterfinal-round win by forfeit over No. 7 seed George Washington-Danville at the Franklin County Recreation Park courts.

FCHS (12-4) takes a six-match winning streak into its semifinal-round contest against No. 3 Bassett today at the recreation park.

Match time is 4:30 p.m.

FCHS and Bassett split a pair of 5-4 matches during the regular season with the Eagles winning on the road and losing at home.

FCHS has not lost since falling to Bassett at the recreation park on April 23.

Bassett advanced to the semifinals with a 9-0 win over No. 6 seed Martinsville in its quarterfinal-round contest Wednesday and No. 4 seed Patrick County was a 5-0 winner over No. 5 Magna Vista.

No. 1 seed Halifax County entertains Patrick County today in the semifinals.

The championship match is set for Monday at the site of the higher advancing seed.

FCHS boys face Bassett in semifinals

FERRUM — No. 2 seed Franklin County entertains No. 3 seed Bassett today in the semifinals of the Piedmont District boys tennis tournament.

Match time is 4:30 p.m.

The contest is being contested at the Burrows-Skeens Tennis Courts at Ferrum College.

FCHS and No. 1 seed Halifax County earned quarterfinal-round byes in the six-team, single-elimination tournament, thus neither team played a match Wednesday.

Bassett advanced with a 5-0 win over No. 6 seed Martinsville and No. 4 seed Patrick County advanced by forfeit over No. 5 seed George Washington-Danville.

Patrick County travels to South Boston today to face Halifax in the semifinals.

Today’s winners advance Monday’s championship contest at the site of the higher seed.

FCHS swept Bassett during the regular season, winning at home, 7-2, and winning on the road, 6-3.

The Eagles (8-4) take a five-match winning streak into the tournament; they have not lost since falling to non-district rival Salem, 8-1, on April 4.

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